New Delhi, January 29
Delhi’s border points at Tikri and Singhu remained under heavy police deployment on Friday in the aftermath of the violence that broke out during a tractor parade by farmers in the national capital on Republic Day, officials said.
Personnel of Delhi Police, along with those of the paramilitary forces, have been deployed at the borders.
Several roads have been closed and the traffic police have asked the commuters to take other routes.
“Ghazipur border closed. Traffic diverted from NH 24, NH 9, Road no 56, 57 A, Kondli, Paper market, Telco T point, EDM Mall, Akshardham amp; Nizammudin Khatta. Traffic is very heavy in the area amp; Vikas Marg. Plese take alternative routes.
“Singhu, Auchandi, Mangesh, Saboli, Piau Maniyari borders closed. Lampur, Safiabad, Singhu school amp; Palla toll tax borders opened. Please take alternative routes. Traffic diverted from NH44 near DSIDC Narela. Avoid Outer Ring Road, GTK road amp; NH 44,” the Delhi Traffic Police said in tweets.
There was a traffic snarl on National Highway 24 on Thursday evening following the closure of the Ghazipur border.
Hundreds of Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) members stayed put on the Delhi-Meerut Expressway on Friday, notwithstanding the Ghaziabad administration’s ultimatum to vacate the UP Gate protest site.
A confrontation was building up at the UP Gate in Ghazipur even as frequent power cuts were witnessed on Thursday evening at the protest site, where BKU members, led by Rakesh Tikait, are staying put since November 28 last year.
Ghaziabad District Magistrate Ajay Shankar Pandey and Senior Superintendent of Police Kalanidhi Naithani visited the protest site post midnight for a review of the situation even as hundreds of security personnel in anti-riot gear were deployed there since Thursday.
The tractor parade on Tuesday that was to highlight the demand of the protesting farmer unions for a repeal of three new agriculture laws turned violent as the protesters deviated from the pre-designated routes, attacked police personnel, overturned vehicles and hoisted a religious flag on the ramparts of the Red Fort.
The police issued lookout notices against farmer leaders on Thursday and announced a probe into the “conspiracy” behind the Republic Day violence.
The police have so far registered 33 FIRs in connection with the violence and issued lookout notices against 44 people, including most of the farmer leaders. PTI
Heavy police deployment at Tikri and Singhu borders